The Mensonite Consumer Aid sale each year features Mennonite specialties like German sausage, gravy veneer and more.

The Mensonite Consumer Aid sale each year features Mennonite specialties like German sausage, gravy veneer and more.

One of the best things made in Kansas is the traditional Mennonite tariff like verenice, spice candy, zwieback and more.

But it is not always easy for city dwellers to find this food, which has German, Swiss and Russian roots.

This weekend offers that chance, however. The Kansas Mennonite Relief sale once a year – an event that also includes quilt, toy, car and tractor auctions – opens today and runs through Saturday at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, and Mennonite food is one of the main attractions.

The food will be distributed in a slightly different way than it has been in the past. Instead of a buffet, the “Feeding the Multunities” part of the event will be offered in a safer way for COVID.

From 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. tonight and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, organizers will distribute transportation meals from Cottonwood Court of Beautiful Lands. Meals will include each of three veneers – which are dumplings filled with a curd cheese mixture, which are then steamed and fried before being tossed with bacon sauce – plus two sausages and a bottle of water. The cost is $ 15.

German sausage will also be an attraction at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale. Photo courtesy

There will be no seats inside Cottonwood Court, though people will be able to eat their food comfortably air-conditioned in the Pride of Kansas building.

Baked goods, including whole pies, zwieback, poppy seed rolls and other bread, will be sold from the Meadowlark Building, where attendees will also be able to get burgers, pie slices, soft ice cream and more. a lot.

A new food being offered this year is homemade burritos – like pork and vegan – that will be made from the Casa Betania church in Newton and sold by the Local Arts Building.

You can see the full schedule for the event, which opens at 4pm on Friday and 8pm on Saturday at

Selling is a tradition that has continued for more than 50 years, although it usually occurs in the spring. Last year’s sale, which was scheduled for April, was canceled amid the pandemic.

It takes 500 volunteers to set the event – and they are rewarded with access to cinnamon rolls early in the morning.

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